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Norfolk Sports Awards . Community Coach of the Year Donna Andrews. Picture : Denise Bradley Norfolk Sports Awards . Community Coach of the Year Donna Andrews. Picture : Denise Bradley

Friday, September 5, 2014
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The search is on to discover the finest the county has to offer as nominations open for this year’s Norfolk Sports Awards.

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Nomination categories

• Female Sportsperson of the Year

A female athlete who has made great progress over time, has achieved a great deal or has made a big difference to a team. Must be aged 19 or over on September 30.

• Male Sportsperson of the Year

A male athlete who has made great progress over time, has achieved a great deal or has made a big difference to a team. Must be aged 19 or over on September 30.

• Young Sports Personality of the Year

A young athlete who has made great progress over time, has achieved a great deal or has made a big difference to a team. Must be aged 18 or under on September 30.

• Sports Team of the Year

A sports team that has made great achievements in its sport or made great progress over time.

• Community Club of the Year

A club that has made great progress over time, has achieved a great deal, or has made a big difference to a community.

• The Sporting Village of the Year

A village or community that has increased participation in sport and physical activity or improved sports provision.

• Community Coach of the Year

A coach, who holds a current National Governing Body coaching qualification, who has dedicated their time and resource to encourage sports participation and development on a local level.

• High Performance Coach of the Year

A coach, who holds a current National Governing Body coaching qualification, whose performers have achieved high honours in their sport.

• BBC Unsung Hero

A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport – this could be an official, committee member, helper or anyone else who you feel deserves recognition for their dedication.

• Inspirational Sports Personality

An individual who has gone to great lengths to raise the profile of disability sport within Norfolk; or has achieved a great deal or has made a big difference to disability sport in Norfolk or has gained funding, helped provide opportunities for disabled athletes or encouraged people with disabilities to get involved with sport.

• The Sports School of the Year

A school that gives its pupils a wide range of opportunities to participate in high quality physical education and extra-curricular sport.

• The Sporting Business of the Year

An organisation that has increased participation in

sport and physical activity through workplace health programmes, or improved sports provision.

• The Active Norfolk Winner of Winners

Chosen by the judging panel from the 12 other award category winners.

Rounding off a high profile summer of sport, the annual Active Norfolk Sports awards will celebrate the cream of Norfolk’s sporting achievement and service, ranging from the county’s high performers to sporty schools and from active workplaces to volunteers who dedicate their time to improve sports participation and provision.

The Eastern Daily Press and BBC Radio Norfolk-backed awards feature 12 different categories and people have five weeks to make their nominations.

This year has seen a number of high-profile achievements by the county’s sporting stars, including those who won medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games – but the awards also aim to give those who help grow sport at a grass-roots level a chance to shine.

Ben Jones, director of Active Norfolk, said: “The Sports Awards are a great way for us to raise the profile of the sporting excellence in our county.

It’s a night for us to recognise and honour Norfolk’s great sporting achievers, from individuals to clubs to workplaces, and all the volunteers and coaches that support them.

“We are anticipating a high number of nominations from across the county, so be sure to nominate anyone who you think is making a difference to sport in Norfolk.

The awards ceremony is always a prestigious night, and we wish all nominees the best of luck.”

All nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including representatives from Active Norfolk, the EDP, BBC Radio Norfolk, Children and Young People, Sport England, and UEA’s Sportspark.

The black-tie awards night will be held on November 12 at the Forum.

• A nomination form is on www.activenorfolk.org/sportsawards. Deadline is October 12.

• All individuals nominated must either reside in Norfolk or be involved with a Norfolk sports organisation. All organisations nominated must be based in Norfolk.

• Nominees will be assessed primarily on their achievements during the past year. The year runs from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

• Nominees for the BBC Unsung Hero category will be assessed on all relevant achievements and may be nominated for the regional and national BBC Award.

• Winners of the Norfolk awards may be put forward for regional or national awards.

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